Assault Carrier Tarawa class

The Tarawa class established the basis for all future assault carriers. They combine in a single hull the capabilities of previous LPH (helicopter carrier), LPD (well decks), LKA (cargo ships) and LCC (command and control ships) classes. They have distinctive bow sponsons, originally for 5in (127 mm) Mk 45 lightweight guns, subsequently removed in order to gain a squared-off forward flight deck.

    Derivatives / Succeeded by
Wasp class 1989
                        America (2014) class 2014

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39400full load (tn)
250length (m)
32beam (m)
7.90draught (m)
24max speed (knots)
70000power (shp)
2Naval Engine boilers
2Naval Engine steam turbines
2Missile Launcher Mk 49 21-cell RAM
4Naval Gun Mark 38 25 mm
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
1Chaff and decoys Mark 36 SRBOC
1Aids TACAN URN-20
1Naval Radar air search radar AN/SPS-52

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USMC B-V 107M H-46 Sea Knight 1242
USMC Sikorsky s-80 H-53E 60
USMC Bell 209 ah-1 cobra 40
USMC Bell UH-1N 20

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Ingalls Shipbuilding - 5

Ships on Database - all derivatives Login to Edit

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US NavyLHA-7America (2014) class USS Tripoli7----
US NavyLHA-1USS TarawaNLHA - 119762009
US NavyLHA-2USS SaipanNHOV - 219772007
US NavyLHA-3USS Belleau WoodNBWD - 319782005
US NavyLHA-4USS NassauNJPX - 419792011
US NavyLHA-5USS PeleliuNPEL - 519802015
US NavyLHD-1Wasp class USS WaspNEBP - 11989--
US NavyLHD-2Wasp class USS EssexNESX - 21992--
US NavyLHD-3Wasp class USS KearsargeNNKP - 31993--
US NavyLHD-4Wasp class USS BoxerNBXR - 41995--
US NavyLHD-5Wasp class USS BataanNBAT - 51997--
US NavyLHD-6Wasp class USS Bonhomme RichardNBHR - 61998--
US NavyLHD-7Wasp class USS Iwo JimaNXXG - 72001--
US NavyLHD-8Wasp class USS Makin IslandNMXG - 82009--
US NavyLHA-6America (2014) class USS America62014--

15 units

Events Login to Edit

1969-may-1Ordered LHA-1 USS Tarawa
1969-nov-15Ordered LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood
1970-nov-6Ordered LHA-5 USS Peleliu
1971-nov-15Laid down LHA-1 USS Tarawa
1972-jul-21Laid down LHA-2 USS Saipan
1973-mar-5Laid down LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood
1973-aug-13Laid down LHA-4 USS Nassau
1973-dec-1Launched LHA-1 USS Tarawa
1974-jul-20Launched LHA-2 USS Saipan
1976-may-29Commissioned LHA-1 USS Tarawa
1976-nov-12Laid down LHA-5 USS Peleliu
1977-apr-11Launched LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood
1977-oct-15Commissioned LHA-2 USS Saipan
1978-jan-21Launched LHA-4 USS Nassau
1978-sep-23Commissioned LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood
1978-nov-25Launched LHA-5 USS Peleliu
1979-jul-28Commissioned LHA-4 USS Nassau
1980-may-3Commissioned LHA-5 USS Peleliu
1982-oct-1Port Visit LHA-4 USS Nassau visited Portsmouth 1-6 Oct 1982 with Ships Flt UH-1N 160838 embarked.
1985Deployment LHA-1 USS Tarawa Pacific deployment for 6 months, including testing Mastiff UAV procedures in support of amphibious operations, until early 1986
1986-aug-29Aircraft LHA-2 USS Saipan CH-46 157689 accident
1988Aircraft LHA-2 USS Saipan SAR bird was UH-1N 158256 at least until 1992
1989-sep-10Aircraft LHA-5 USS Peleliu UH-1N 160828 accident
1997-marDeployment LHA-4 USS Nassau Operation Helvin ordered off Albanian coast (under Operation Silver Wake) to evacuate US personnel and civilians from its embassy in Tirana.
1998-jul-9Port Visit LHA-1 USS Tarawa Embarked 6 AV8 of VMA-211 UH-1 159689 : 160175 AH-1 165044 : 165277 : 165280 : 165323 H-46 150958 : 151915 : 153350 : 154817 : 156420 : 156426 : 156439 : 157696 H-53 164362 : 164363 : 164364 : 164365 except for the 2 US Navy HH-46D all aircraft for composite unit HMM-268 with code YQ-..
2000-dec-23Port Visit LHA-4 USS Nassau , Italy up to 4jan01
2001-jan-8Port Visit LHA-4 USS Nassau , Malta up to 11jan01
2001-feb-2Port Visit LHA-4 USS Nassau , France up to 5feb01
2001-mar-13Port Visit LHA-4 USS Nassau , Malta up to 16mar01
2001-nov-25Deployment LHA-5 USS Peleliu Launched CH-63Es from HMM-163 carrying US Marines from Task Force 58 in their assault on Rhino.
2004-jun-29Deployment LHA-1 USS Tarawa RIMPAC 04 Participated in RIMPAC 04 exercise
2005-jun-24Deployment LHA-2 USS Saipan Fleet Review: Trafalgar 200 Present at Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, off Ryde Sand anchorage
2005-jul-1Port Visit LHA-2 USS Saipan Present at International Festival of the Sea 2005, Portsmouth
2005-oct-28Decommissioned LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood
2005-oct-28Struck LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood
2006-jul-13Fate: sunk LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood as target during RIMPAC 06
2007-apr-25Decommissioned LHA-2 USS Saipan
2008-jun-2Port Visit LHA-5 USS Peleliu visit Singapore
2009-mar-31Decommissioned LHA-1 USS Tarawa to fleet reserve
2011-mar-31Decommissioned LHA-4 USS Nassau to reserve fleet at Beaumont, TX

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